Serena Williams consoles crying opponent after win: 'You did amazing'

Serena Williams consoles crying opponent after win: 'You did amazing'

Javier Howell
January 20, 2019

Williams, 37, was seen consoling Dayana Yastremska, 18, Saturday.

Serena Williams consoles Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska after winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne.

Despite a reputation that precedes her when she walks onto center court, Williams is now ranked No. 16 in the world.

Venus showed more fight in the second and there was an early trade of breaks before Halep broke again to go 4-3 up before converting her first match point with a forehand victor down the line to seal victory in an hour and 17 minutes.

"She was [intimidating] when I was younger, but now I don't feel intimidated anymore", she told a media conference.

"You did fantastic. You did so well. You're so young. You're gonna make me cry" before they exchanged a hug. "That really broke my heart". "I could tell she was quite upset", said Williams. "I couldn't help it".

No scene better demonstrates the disparity between Williams, a 37-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam champ, mother and the most famous woman in tennis, and so numerous players she faces.

There was a touching moment at the net, when Williams comforted Yastremska, who could not hold back the tears.

Were she to go on and win the tournament, the 37-year-old Williams would equal legendary Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 women's grand slam titles. Williams' older sister Venus was beaten by Halep, 6-2, 6-3.

Morning all and welcome to coverage of the third-round clash between Simona Halep and Venus Williams.

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"I think I played my best match here this year", the French Open champion said. "We had also tough matches together. I have huge respect for her because she's a great champion, but she's just an opponent next round". I will not put pressure on myself. "Young girls, young women, just want to go out there and do their best and want to win".

"I was. struggling", said Svitolina, who was treated by a trainer after the second set. "I haven't played the world No. 1 since I've been back".

Given all her time at No. 1 herself and time away from the game after giving birth, it has been a while since Williams took on a top-ranked player - in Doha in 2013 to be exact.

What separates Williams from other top players? She is nearly unique in her style.

"If she thinks so", Yastremska added about Williams, "then maybe that's true".

Osaka rallied, however, for a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win.

"I thought she played unbelievable, came out swinging".

She was listless in her first two matches, complaining she was not at her best and grinding out three-set wins.

"I don't remember having lights in the past years at 5 p.m". I'm in a good position. "There was no reason for the lights". It was very bright.